Cause and Effect

Every effect has its cause. It’s true.
The cause is not always clearly evident.
The effect almost always is quite clear.
No coincidences. No accidents. There’s a reason
for this poem, and your reading it.

What was the cause for this poem? It was a series of quotations I saw posted on Twitter by three different people. I read them in the same sitting and they all seemed to center around cause and effect. That must have been a coincidence. Or was it?

“By becoming interested in the cause, we are less likely to dislike the effect.” ― Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

“Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Because reasoning about causes and effects is a very difficult thing, and I believe the only judge of that can be God. We are already hard put to establish a relationship between such an obvious effect as a charred tree and the lightning bolt that set fire to it, so to trace sometimes endless chains of causes and effects seems to me as foolish as trying to build a tower that will touch the sky.” ― Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

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